The Solanco golf team is tied for second in the Section Two standings after three of the seven section tournaments.
Cocalico (16-2) is first followed by Manheim Central and the Mules (both 12-6), Elizabethtown and Lampeter-Strasburg (both 10-8), Garden Spot (3-15), and Lebanon (0-18).
The next Section Two tournament is Wednesday, August 27 at Hawk Valley.
The Solanco field hockey team is hoping to start working its way back toward section contention.
The Mules struggled at times last year but showed what they were capable of by defeating eventual section champion Ephrata.
For at least the last 15 years, the terms "high expectations" and "Solanco boys soccer" have not been used in the same sentence with any regularity.
In 2014, coach Ron Miller firmly believes he has a team worthy of lofty goals.
Last year, Solanco earned its first section victory in five years and seven of its losses came by one goal.
Buoyed by eight returning starters and an infusion of ultra-talented underclassmen, the deep Mules fully expect to turn that around.
The Solanco girls soccer team has shown signs of improvement during preseason training and coach Rob Bramble is hopeful the Mules can improve upon last year's two-win campaign.
Solanco has experience in goal. Emily Hobbs and Anna Shoemaker each saw time last season.
"Both of them are decent goalkeepers and will see action," said Bramble.
The Mules expect to play solid defense in front of their goalies. "We have a lot of good defenders," said Bramble.
Solanco cross country coach Craig Ausel is optimistic about his teams' prospects.
"This is an exciting year for Solanco cross country," Ausel said via email.
"We have really strong returning veterans and an exciting group of new student-athletes. This is especially true on the boys side."
PIAA State Meet qualifier Noah Brady will lead the boys team. Seniors Matthew Curran and Kyle Munro and junior Liam Hodgson each add talent and experience.
"All four of these young men understand training and racing and will be prepared to lead their teammates into the postseason."
Solanco tennis team has high hopes
The Solanco tennis team is optimistic. The Mules welcome back all of the key contributors from last year's squad and looked strong in a scrimmage against Lancaster Mennonite.
Coach Annie Hammel is confident Solanco will improve upon last season's record of 2-8 league, 3-9 overall.
We'll be a deeper team because of the experience," she said. "I definitely think we'll be better than last year."
The Solanco golf team opened the season by winning a Section Two tournament held at Tanglewood last Thursday.
The host Mules (337) defeated Cocalico (348), Manheim Central (351), Elizabethtown (352), Lampeter-Strasburg (359), Garden Spot (417), and Lebanon (446).
Ethan Cairns carded a career-best round of 74 to lead Solanco. He recorded birdies on 6, 10, and 15.
Alumni of the Solanco soccer program held their fifth annual game at the high school on Saturday afternoon, August 2. More than two dozen players turned out for the game, which drew about 40 spectators. Additional photos are at www.heraldandchronicle.com.